India‘s Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia is currently in Japan, co-chairing talks regarding the civil nuclear cooperation between the two counties. The countries have been discussing the possibility of working together and have already held three rounds of negotiations for a bilateral civil nuclear deal.
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Tokyo next month. Ahluwalia is in Tokyo currently holding talks with his Japanese counterparts. One of the issues that have surfaced is the details and clarifications sought by Japan on issues related to civil nuclear liability law from India’s department of atomic energy.
A joint working group on nuclear energy, which is a part of the broader India-Japan Energy Dialogue has concluded its sixth round of talks. Interestingly Ahluwalia has confirmed that Japan has categorically stated that it will not wean off nuclear energy dependency. Currently 30% of energy supply in Japan is from nuclear power plants. As far as India-Japan ties are concerned, Tokyo sided the India-US civil nuclear deal in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. However Japan has been insisting that India accepts stricter non-proliferation commitments. Let us see how the Indian Prime Minster’s visit turns out, regarding this issue.
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